CNR Virginia, Studio Prineas
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CNR Virginia, Studio Prineas

Unsuspectingly quaint from the outside, this delightful Federation Home in Sydney’s South-East has undergone a carefully considered, contemporary restoration by Australian design favourite, Studio Prineas.
Project
CNR Virginia
Architecture
Studio Phineas
Photography
Chris Warnes
POSTED
14.06.2021

With a contemporary update, suitable for a family of four, the Kensington home is a carefully considered balancing act. DIligently protected by heritage listing laws, and the clients’ love of traditional architecture, Studio Prineas were tasked with adapting and restoring the Federation Home whilst preserving the classic facade and heritage features displayed throughout the home. 

Studio Prineas’s principal, Eva-Marie Prineas describes the project as being “all about the marriage of heritage and contemporary and, as such, the layout has volumes of contrast throughout”. This unification of antiquity and modernity is the key feature of the project. Whilst the extension is typically modern, there are more contemporary features that have been woven into the adaptation, working harmoniously with the heritage features. Modern additions such as renewed Timber flooring, and freshly painted white walls sit comfortably alongside the charming antique features of the home, such as the intricate cornices, detailed vent coverings and ceiling tiles. 

CNR Virginia, Studio Prineas

Monochromatic in the contemporary fit out, the kitchen and bathrooms are sleek and streamlined, a far cry from the versions of the original prototype. The white walls, black cabinetry and a grey mottled marble countertop in the kitchen demonstrate Studio Prineas’ ability to juxtapose light and dark, texture and tonality and contemporary and heritage. Whilst the internal texture of the home is relatively pared back, with white walls and timber flooring. Playing with texture, the exposed brick walls bring in an element of texture and patina to an otherwise polished interior.

This unification of antiquity and modernity is the key feature of the project.
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CNR Virginia, Studio Prineas
CNR Virginia, Studio Prineas

Working with the client’s needs and their desire to restore the traditional home in a considered and sympathetic way, Studio Prineas’s adaptations were designed to sit strikingly alongside with the heritage features of the charismatic home. The bold materiality of the extension is contemporarily sleek and contrasts with the character and patina of the recycled brickwork and classic tiles at the facade of the home.

CNR Virginia, Studio Prineas

Harnessing the benefits of Australia’s balmy climate and the needs of the young family, Studio Prineas worked on creating a flow between the inside and out, integrating the pool, backyard and outdoor entertainment zone with the internal living and kitchen spaces. Making use of the lush scenery spanning from the back of the property, the backyard of the gorgeous home backs onto the golf course. Studio Prineas harnessed this scenery, replacing the solid back fence with a metal palisade, extending the garden’s view and optimising the aspect toward the expansive greenery. 

Studio Prineas’ restoration of the charismatic CNR Virginia is a perfect example of how to marry modern design with architectural heritage, staying true to the character of the home, whilst updating it for a contemporary, growing family.

“DIligently protected by heritage listing laws, and the clients’ love of traditional architecture, Studio Prineas were tasked with adapting and restoring the Federation Home whilst preserving the classic facade and heritage features.”

CNR Virginia, Studio Prineas

“DIligently protected by heritage listing laws, and the clients’ love of traditional architecture, Studio Prineas were tasked with adapting and restoring the Federation Home whilst preserving the classic facade and heritage features.”

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